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  • Nocturn - Alberta Society of Artists

    Location: Blairmore, AB

    The artworks shown in this Alberta Society of Artists juried exhibition have been..
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    Location: Toronto, ON

    To follow physical distancing guidelines, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair has pivoted our 59th..
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    Location: Saskatoon, SK

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    Location: Calgary, AB

    When: 29 Jun – 31 Jul 2020 Where: Central Library, 800 3 St SE,..
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    Location: Edmonton, AB

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    Location: Pincher Creek, AB

    Lebel Mansion Gallery The Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek strives to host thought-provoking..
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    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

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    Location: , AB

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    Location: Venice,

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    Location: Toronto, ON

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Carving Artists in British Columbia

Canadian carvers have long been coaxing life from the wood and stone of Canada's landscape, and these artists are a part of that history. Here you'll find everything from traditional aboriginal carving in bone and leather to contemporary creations.


Tony Mayo

 

Carver, Ceramics, Drawing, Figure, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painter, Photographer, Portraits, Sculptor, Wildlife / Animals

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Tony Mayo only uses hand tools to create his sculptures. On very rare occasions, when it is necessary to remove large amounts of material to arrive at a basic shape, he may use power tools. But the actual shaping, refining and final finish is always produced with hand tools. Mayo works by hand because he feels it puts him in touch physically and emotionally with the essence of the material in which he is working.


Mayo says, “I know if I am working by hand, it is going to take me a long time to create a work of art. I believe that realization forces me to slow down and take my time while manufacturing the finished product. That awareness compels me to not hurry and to be more patient and exacting.”
Tony Mayo’s completed work is refined and finished beyond what the human eye can normally see. When working, he wears magnifying goggles while using small hand tools. Sometimes he makes his own tools because there are no available commercial implements that will allow him to create some of the difficult angles and details he takes great pleasure in producing.


Mayo likes the challenge of pushing various materials to their limit, forming them either very thin, or into demanding shapes that are normally not attempted.


As he sculpts a piece, again and again Mayo looks carefully at it from every possible angle to make sure each line or surface is as straight, evenly curved, or smooth as possible. He does not want any bumps, ridges or uneven areas. As he brings a piece to completion, he closes his eyes and lightly run his fingertips over all surfaces, feeling for irregularities which his eyes, aided with magnifying glasses, may have not detected. If anything unsatisfactory is discerned, Mayo carefully reshapes and smooths it to his standard.


The final polishing is extremely painstaking and time consuming. After the surface has been meticulously smoothed with exceptionally sharp tools, it is hand sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. The 400 grit is followed by 600 grit, then 1,000 grit and finally with 2,000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. On some occasions, Mayo may work up to 3,000 grit paper. Mayo uses the 400 grit sandpaper to form the final shape, removing extremely small amounts of material, almost as one might use a super fine file. Frequently, as Mayo puts the final polish on a sculpture, he will discover uneven areas; he then reworks those sections and goes through the entire polishing process once more.


Often Mayo’s sculptures incorporate undercuts that are only the thickness of a sheet of paper. Imagine sanding and polishing into those sharp undercuts, as well as into numerous small holes and difficult angles, using a tiny piece of sandpaper held with your fingertips. Often, Mayo must make diminutive custom tools onto which sandpaper can be attached in order to get into hard to reach areas. Hand sanding to a polish can take 100 or more hours.


When carefully observing Mayo’s sculptures, you will notice that even the bottoms and other unseen areas, as well as the smallest hard to reach regions are smooth and finished to a polish.
Mayo’s desire is to make his finished piece of art absolutely as perfect as he is able, and to that end, he will rework a piece over and over. Some of his sculptures evolve over several years and take as much as 2,000 hours to complete.


Often mayo’s art contains details so small that most people can’t see them without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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